Alice Temperley was born in 1975 in Somerset, England. The oldest of four children, she grew up on a cider farm. At 18 she left for London to attend Central St. Martins, London’s most famous fashion school. She was also studying at the Royal College of Art, where she specialized in fabric technology and print.
As a senior, Temperley worked on classic collections for Bulgari and Valentino, among others. Temperley’s hard work and natural talent had not gone unnoticed and before graduation she was approached with job offers by several high-profile designers, including Donna Karan.
The Temperley label was officially launched at London Fashion Week in 2000 and in September of 2005 the label made its first U.S. debut with a luxe loft space in NYC’s Soho. Alice Temperley’s designs are known for their traditional beading techniques, intrique embroideries and are admired world-wide for the attention to minute details.
Temperley’s Spring/Summer collections are known for their gossamer chiffon dresses, vivid prints and elegant stitch work while Fall/Winter collections are defined by structured cashmere knits and flawlessly cut coats. In 2005, Temperley was awarded the “Fashion Designer of the Year” award at Glamour Magazine’s 2005 Women of the Year Awards in London.